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If you wish to join our club (and new members are very welcome) you can now download an application form from here. The form is in Microsoft Word format so should be readily viewable. The forms will also be available per the usual outlets.

Jock's well loved presentation "Birds of our Rivers, Hills & Moors" is now available on DVD, for the modest price of £5.00, from our local 'paper shop' (A M Grieves, Newsagents) on the High Street. If you cannot get one there, please contact John per our 'Contacts' page and we can get one to you. The running time is approximately 86 minutes and is a great historical record of the local birdlife as it was in 1973 and has some tremendous photographs. Profits go to the club funds and we are grateful to Jock for his permission to produce it (and to forego his 'cut'!). We also have some club badges and car window stickers remaining - ask in the 'paper shop'.

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29th January 2016
From Iain, update on sightings so far this year -
Goosander's have been seen on the River Annan and the Millburn on a number of occasions by various people. A returning Song Thrush was seen by Garry Tait on the road down to the Community Reserve on the 6th, while the same location had 22 Mallard, a male Tufted Duck and 5 Little Grebe on the 9th with a number of Redwing on Dyke Farm Nature Reserve and upwards of 1000 Pinkfeet moving southwards. Local shooters were reporting very low numbers of Mallard, Teal, Snipe and Woodcock in the region this Winter. Two Otters were seen by Alistair Hepburn near his garage beside the River Annan. At the Community Reserve on the 13th were 25 Mallard, 6 Teal, female Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe and 3 Moorhen. There was a belated report of a pair of Red Kite and a pair of Golden Eagle in the Earshaig area up the Crooked Road which was most interesting. At our Reserve on the 16th were 7 Moorhen, 12 Mallard and 2 Buzzard while on the Community Reserve were 33 Mallard, 5 Teal, male Tufted Duck, female Goldeneye, 4 Moorhen and 5 Little Grebe. A male Reed Bunting was photographed by Tom Thomson in his garden at Meadowbank on the 17th. Another Red Kite was seen by Garry on the 19th in the Dyke Farm and Barnhill area. Andy Dickson at Woodfoot is regularly getting upwards of 25 Tree Sparrows in his garden according to Garry after paying Andy a visit. Down at the Reserve on the 20th were a flock in excess of 100 Siskin, 28 Mallard, 8 Teal and a Mute Swan while over on the Community Reserve were a pair of Tufted Duck, male Goldeneye and 3 Mute Swan. At Dyke Farm Nature Reserve on the 23rd were 2 Buzzard, male Sparrowhawk, 2 Grey Heron, 7 Moorhen, 27 Teal and 24 Mallard with over 1200 Pinkfeet overhead. Over on the Community Reserve were 12 Snipe, 24 Mallard, 8 Little Grebe and 2 Meadow Pipit. A Barn Owl was reported by Jimmy Aitchison at Raecleuch which was an interesting report. While coming out of Claudios Restaurant with Lorna on the 24th we heard an Oystercatcher overhead about 9.30pm. At our Reserve on the 27th were 2 Kingfisher, 2 Reed Bunting, 4 Grey Heron, 28 Mallard and 9 Teal.

20th January 2016
Another quiet winter for migrants so far. However, there seems to be an increase in numbers of our commoner birds coming into our gardens. John, for example, has seen quite significant numbers of Blue, Coal and Great Tits coming to the feeders, far more than in previous years.
Dave Bradshaw had 3 Bullfinches in the front garden just before the end of last year with another in the backgarden next day. 3 Redwings on New Years day in Cornal court, Beattock, 7 LongtailedTits by the railwaybridge and 4 Little Grebes on the lake in the caravan site. On 11th January, hemanaged to photograph this Nuthatch in the back garden. On 19th January, a male Brambling (photo) with the Chaffinchs in Craigie Avenue/Cornal Court, 14 Redwings on the cycle track and a Grey Wagtail at the Caravan park lake outflow.

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